One life…

10 06 2010

I just read this brilliant quote from Steve Jobs, co founder and CEO of Apple, and had to share it with you alongside some thoughts:

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.  And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

It comes from his 2005 Stanford Commencement speech where he talks about his life and how he, and his business, evolved.  See it here (around 8m 20 in):

Seems to me that so many of us spend our lives doing things in auto-pilot.  We stumble into our work and relationships often accidentally and live day by day, week by week living life without really seeing what it is we’re doing.  It’s only when something stops us in our tracks – often a rite of passage like birth, death, change in circumstance or major life event – that we wake up and look around at where we’re at.  Sure, we have our gripes and our groans about day to day living, but very few people seem to do much about changing their circumstances, rather accepting what’s been apportioned.

So Steve’s advice is that we all need to wake up.  Ask yourself:

  • Would you be happy doing what you do now every day of your life?
  • If not, why not?
  • What’s stopping you from doing what you love doing right now?  Even only a small part of what you love?

Steve says, “There is no reason not to follow your heart…Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

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10 06 2010
Carl Dierschow

Many people I coach struggle with this concept. It’s easy for Steve to focus on what he loves when he’s a billionaire. It’s more of a struggle for people who aren’t sure if they’ll be able to pay the bills.

Baby steps.

For me, the key question which opens doors is your last one: What would happen if you would spend even five minutes a day doing what you love? Could you imagine spending an hour on it in the future?

This starts the process of imagining what’s possible, what’s desired. It removes the pressure of having to make a LIVING doing it, until you’re further along in the process.

Wonderful article, Michelle!

Carl

11 06 2010
michellefischer

Thanks Carl, I agree with you about life getting in the way sometimes, particularly where bills are concerned!

Some of those people I’ve coached in the past have allowed this to get in the way. To remove their freedom of choice if you like. Which is why imagining and focusing on what you want is so key to having the life you want to have.

Thanks for the feedback!

Michelle

14 06 2010
racheljhall

Great words to read on a Monday morning Michelle…..

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